There’s nothing wrong with making plans and goals in life. In fact, I encourage it.
We live in a lineal time frame where plans and goals matter. It is important to plan and dream and try to succeed.
Failure to plan is planning to fail, right?
God applauds plans and hard work. Nehemiah planned his return to Jerusalem to rebuild its walls, he knew exactly what he would need to complete the task, and how long it would take.
But the part that many people miss is that Nehemiah spent 5 months praying and fasting and asking for the Lord’s direction prior to asking his employer’s permission to venture back to Jerusalem to carry out the plan God had.
Nehemiah let God guide his steps, his plans, his dreams and really, his career.
Do we do the same? Let God guide our careers?
Contrary to what you think or may have been taught in church, God actually cares about your career. In fact, He cares about every detail of your life.
“The LORD directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.” (Psalm 37:23 NLT)
God takes delight, or joy, in every , little, seemingly insignificant detail of your life. He is interested in your big life changes as well as the small. He cares about the next big step you take in life as well as the schedule on your calendar for tomorrow.
If God cares about every detail of our lives-big and small-then it’s really up to us whether or not we’ll let Him guide our steps.
- Perhaps you have plans to rise to the top of your company, or division.
- Perhaps you want to stay with the same company for the next 20 years.
- Perhaps you want your work to count for something.
Whatever your goal or plan or dream, God has one even better.
You may have a plan to be a teacher, when God wants you to run a company. Or vice versa.
You may have a dream to work for yourself, when God’s plan is for you to help a fledgling start-up get off the ground.
One thing is for certain, God will never steer you in the wrong direction. He only has your best in mind and His plans are always for good, not for evil. His plans give you a future and a hope, not a path of aimless wandering and questions.
Now that you know the truth of God’s desire to guide your career, how do you actually bring that into your life? How do you make it happen?
Here are three ways to let God guide your career:
Surrendering your plans to God. You may have a path all mapped out that you think is brilliant. But if God’s plan is better and you cling to your own, you will miss what He has for you. Give it up. Lay your plan at His feet and tell Him you don’t want it anymore. Hard? Yes. Worth it? Totally.
Now that you have surrendered your plan, it’s time to actively seek out God’s. God’s not hiding His plan for your life, but discovering that plan involves seeking God. God longs to have an intimate relationship with you. God wants you to seek Him for Him, not just for His plan. Spend some time in prayer, and in the Word. God will show you each step to take. He will reveal His plan to you though it may only be one step at a time.
It’s one thing to know what God wants you to do, it’s another thing to actually do it. Once God has shown you the step to take, it’s your responsibility to put your foot out there. By taking the step in the direction he is guiding you towards, you are submitting to His plan and showing Him that you believe and trust Him.
Know this truth: God always blesses obedience.
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Now sure which direction to go next? Uncertain about your future?
Let God guide your career, your work, your life.
I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!
What about you?
Have you ever let God guide your career? What was the result? What was the hardest part about that process.
Share your story or comments below.